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The Uninvited

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Two teenage sisters try to battle their demons

Again riding on Asian horror’s coat tails, the US producers who remade Japanese scare-classic Ringu have joined with debut feature directors Charles and Thomas Guard for a rehash of spooky 2003 Korean fright-flick A Tale of Two Sisters.

After a stint in a mental institution following her invalid mother’s death in a fire, teenager Anna (a bland Emily Browning) returns to live in the family’s sea-side home. She’s happily reunited with her sister (a bolshier Arielle Kebbel), but suffers disturbing visions and the increasing suspicion the tragic event was caused by her father’s new girlfriend Rachel (a flatly soap villainish Elizabeth Banks).

Not nearly as creepy as the stylishly shot original, this version trades eerie atmosphere for clunky physical effects and waters down the house’s claustrophobia with needless subplots about Anna’s beach-party fling and another family murdered years before.

The original’s nifty twist is still there – but this time sorely lacks built-up punch.

Carmen Gray

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    • Jack24Bauer

      Apr 11th 2009, 1:17

      Some cheap scares in another pointless re-make of a good J Horror flick. Enough already.................

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    • Jack24Bauer

      Apr 11th 2009, 1:18

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    • Kevinhayden13

      May 11th 2009, 5:30

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      This is a non-whatsoever remake...

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    • duncan1964

      May 15th 2009, 14:06

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      Yet another J Horror title gets an unneccesary remake. This time its the Korean shocker "A Tale Of Two Sisters". After returning from a mental hospital a teenage girl thinks her dads new girlfriend is a murderer with a hidden agenda. The shocks are signposted so far in advance that you expect a fanfare when they arrive, the acting is woeful and the "twist" ending is made so obvious it should come as no suprise to anyone. Rent the original instead

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